Hoosiers looking forward to Hysteria on October 17

  • 09/27/2008 10:37 pm in

October is almost here and that means it’s just about time for the season to kick off with Hoosier Hysteria. Tom Crean’s club will take the floor for the first time in front of the Indiana faithful on October 17 at Assembly Hall along with the women’s basketball team and the volleyball team. Here’s the official release from IU media relations:

Bloomington, Indiana – The Indiana University Athletics Department will hold its annual Hoosier Hysteria on Friday, October 17 in Assembly Hall. The event will feature the IU men’s and women’s basketball teams and the IU volleyball program.

“Our players and coaches are really looking forward to this event.,” said IU men’s basketball coach Tom Crean. “It will be a great way for the fans to get to know us and for our kids to understand just how important Indiana basketball is to those who support our program. Our hope is to have as many former players back as possible to also be a part of this special night.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the cost of admission is three canned goods or a cash donation both of which will benefit the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. The evening will begin with an autograph session at 6 p.m. Then the Hoosier volleyball squad hosts Ohio State in a 7 p.m. match. Following the match both the men’s and women’s team and then each squad will take the floor for their first official practice session of the season.

“Hoosier Hysteria is an excellent way to put our program in front of the Hoosier faithful and a fun night not only for our players, but for our coaches,” IU women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. “It also officially marks the beginning of the season and we are excited to get on the court and continue our pursuit of championships here at Indiana.”

A detailed schedule of events for the night will be released prior to the event. For ticket and event information, call 1-866-IUSPORTS or visit IUHoosiers.com.

“Volleyball is very excited to be partnering with basketball for Hoosier Hysteria once again, said IU women’s volleyball coach Sherry Dunbar. “Last year we played in front one of the largest crowds in the country for our match against Michigan State and this year we hope to play in front of a full Assembly Hall when we play Ohio State. We’re excited for the fans to see competitive Big Ten Volleyball and help us in our quest to beat the Buckeyes.”

Nothing against volleyball — it’s tolerable in small doses if Misty May-Treanor is involved — but am I the only one who thinks it’s ridiculous that fans have to show up at 5:30 and sit through a match before watching the team practice for the first time? Also, the idea of former players being included in the festivities is an excellent one. I’m not holding my breath for any of the Knight apologists to show up, but it’ll be nice to see guys like Calbert Cheaney at Assembly Hall.

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  • student

    Volleyball game first? Really?

  • Hoosier_Hound

    First of all, you don't have to go to the volleyball game. You can wait until 8 or so to show up, you just won't sit as close. They did this last year too, no big deal.

    Now let the rampant speculation on which prospects will attend begin.

  • jgongora86

    Whats wrong with watching a volleyball game? It promotes other IU sports. If I were the athletic department I would require the student body to watch a football game ( not pay mind you) to get the opurtunity to get better seats at basketball games. That just me though and I know nobody aproves.

  • TheMiz

    I agree jgong. It would be really nice to see more students actually attending football games. I'm not sure how exactly it could be done, but there has to be some way to get corral students from the tailgating fields into Memorial Stadium.

    As for the volleyball, my cousins best friend was on the team last year and I went to a few matches. 12 girls in short spandex shorts is almost never a bad thing, and the game is pretty fast paced. I'm not saying I will be showing up at 5:30, but there could be worse options.

  • hoosierfan8781

    The student section is usually filled pretty well and always rowdy and loud. The rest of the stadium, however, is like a funeral. The students are doing their jobs, and have since I've been here (2005).

  • TheMiz

    You're right 8781, and I didn't mean to suggest that student attendance was particularly poor, but I know a lot of students consider tailgating to be the only gameday experience and consider actually going to the game almost laughable. Some of those third downs yesterday against MSU got loud, it was fun. And yes, it would be nice to see the rest of the stadium join in more regularly.

  • jgongora86

    Our football team needs to take a different philosphy to bring people into the stands. Go minor league baseball and have interesting and funny side shows. Get a mascot to do crazy stuff, make it not only a football game but a family atmosphere where people can still have a good time. something.

  • MPmike

    I agree with Alex about having to watch volleyball before seeing the Men's and women's team hit the floor and I like volleyball. It's call Hoosier Hysteria- the last time I check that the State of Indiana is known for basketball from high school to the pro game. The history of Indiana University and Indiana sports is all about basketball.

    We now have to give away three cans- it used to be two. The cost of inflation. That's alot of cans for an entire family of seven who wants to attend the event.

    Finally, Midnight Madness is no longer the same since the teams finished way before Midnight last year. I liked it when it was the old Midnight Madness in which you waited until 12am to watch the teams.

  • indyhoosier

    Did you have to put your club down before typing that comment or did you just use the search and peck method? Are you really complaining that you have to donate three canned goods to a charity that could benefit your situation. Personally, I like that it starts earlier because it can draw more of a crowd than just drunk wild college students.

  • TheMiz

    I know I supported volleyball, but you don't HAVE to do anything. Last year I showed up well after the volleyball had ended and even after the women's festivities had begun. The Atheletics Department is just trying to use the basketball to draw more fans for another sport, but by no means does this suggest you have to be there by 5:30 or you can't get in.

    I like the spirit, but I sure hope IU never has to degrade itself to the point of using sideshows and mascots to draw people to games. This is still BigTen football after all.

    Three cans is an increase from previoius years, and as a student only providing for one, it doesn't affect me in a profound way, or at least not like it would affect a family of 7. Still an extra 7 canned goods could cost you only $3 to $7 dollars more, depending on what you want to donate.

  • Are you knuckleheads (Alex) really complaining about watching womens volleyball? Dude, get over yourself. There are sports other than basketball. And women's volleyball is the one womens sport that is actually just as exciting as the mens. They are tremendous athletes. I live out here in Cali and the women crush most of the men… with the exception of the guys on tour. Get out of your midwest bubble brah.

    This is going to be like the super bowl for these ladies. Get out there and support them.

  • MPmike

    Not really. I just made the comment that now I have to bring not just three canned goods but a total of 24 cans, which makes it kind of difficult for a large family to watch the Hoosiers when they're on a really tight budget that's not counting gas prices.

    I can understand about the early start time though.

  • MPmike

    I forgot to count my wife,so that makes it 24 cans. I'm not really upset about the increase because I will be able to provide. It's just the fact that I have to start thinking about how the economy is effecting everyone, and this is possibly the only chance for families to see the Hoosiers this year in person due to not having money. You can still be a diehart fan and not have any money. Even people in need would like to have the opportunity too.

  • MPmike

    I admire your passion for women's volleyball, but come on this is Hoosier country.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Um not to mention the obvious or sound like a chauvinistic pig …but aren't some of the women's volleyball players pretty hot, too?

  • HoosierSmitty

    Um not to mention the obvious or sound like a chauvinistic pig …but aren't some of the women's volleyball players pretty hot, too?